School Direct


We play a key role in training new teachers through the School Direct PGCE route. We work alongside UCL/Institute of Education and 11 other excellent local Camden schools to deliver a really successful programme.  Our programme is different because as well as attending all the same lectures as other PGCE students at UCL/IOE, our students get together each week for specific, additional school-based training sessions, which gives them a fantastic support group, and they know they will do their placements in good local schools.

We have run our own School Direct teacher training programme (in conjunction with UCL/IOE) since 2013 and each year we recruit up to 20 School Direct PGCE students who are enjoying a full and varied programme.  We are now recruiting for September 2019 entry and would love to hear from you! Applications for 2019-2020 can be made through UCAS Teaching Training using the ‘Apply” system found here. You can find us by typing the postcode NW5 2JA or our UCAS code 14F.

Click here to watch an Institute of Education video about School Direct. We offer a non-salaried School Direct Training route with the IOE/UCL, and also offer a Maths Primary Specialist option which comes with a bursary of £6000..

We were one of the first schools to lead on School Direct Teacher Training. A large proportion of last year’s students have started jobs in Camden Schools and are continuing to be supported by us during their NQT year in Camden.  We have been running Camden’s Primary NQT Programme since September 2016 so offer a comprehensive year of training to follow your PGCE year.

We are are supported in our work by our strategic partner schools. These are:

Brecknock Primary School; Christopher Hatton Primary School, Fleet Primary School, Torriano Primary School, Kentish Town CE School, Rhyl Primary School, Gospel Oak Primary School, Netley Primary School, Holy Trinity CE School NW1, Thomas Coram Early Years Centre and Primrose Hill, all fantastic Camden schools. We also work with UCL’s Institute of Education and NRICH (Cambridge University’s Mathematical Enrichment Group).

In short we offer:

  • Access to teaching practices in fantastic schools in an outstanding borough;
  • Schools that have strong and long standing links with the UCL IOE;
  • The opportunity to ‘front-load’ the training year with the chance to observe outstanding practice;
  • Experience in genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain experience of both very challenging pupils and also some exceptionally high achievers;
  • School-based tutorials as a group led by experienced members of school Leadership teams;
  • Learning in schools that share a strong commitment to child centred hands on learning rooted in an exciting topic based approach;
  • The chance to train amongst highly committed, positive professional staff ;
  • The opportunity to become part of a school community thus gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of primary teaching.
  • Strong programme leadership by Eleanor Palmer Deputy Head, Sally Hill and from the UCL IOE. Sally liaises with mentors and classteachers from our across our partner schools to ensure that all students have a very well-supported ITT experience.

Please get in touch if you are interested in our teacher training programme. We would be happy to invite you in for a one-to-one chat, and we also run regular open days for graduates or soon to be graduates interested in joining our teacher training programme.

Reviews from students last year include:

“Being part of such an inspirational group of schools has given us the opportunity to observe outstanding practice. We’re part of a really supportive group and have been welcomed into our schools from the very start.”

“What makes School Direct with the Camden Primary Partnership special is the chance to work and learn hands-on in the best primary schools in the country, each with its own unique teaching and learning ethos and a generosity of spirit in sharing skills , mentoring and expertise.”

As a trainee teacher on our programme, we expect candidates to:

  • Have a good degree and a high standard of education
  • Have a commitment to our approach to learning;
  • Have the desire to approach curriculum planning in a creative and imaginative way;
  • Have very high standards for the children and themselves;
  • Be committed to inclusion in terms of social class, race and ability;
  • Have a genuine interest in educational thinking and debate;
  • Have the ability and willingness to continuously reflect, improve and learn from mistakes;
  • Have high levels of interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Have the ability to sustain optimism, energy and a positive outlook under pressure and challenge;
  • Have the capacity for hard work and a sense of humour.

You can contact Vicky on  or call her on 020 7485 2155 to pop in for a chat or sign up for one of our open days. Please click here for our current flyer.



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